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Acer refreshes its gaming laptops with Intel 11th-gen processors and RTX 30 series GPUs

A woman using the Acer Predator Trion 300 gaming laptop with wireless accessories

Today, both Intel and Nvidia had some new hardware announcements to share, with Intel introducing its 11th-generation H-series processors and Nvidia announcing the RTX 3050 Ti and RTX 3050 laptop GPUs. Because of that, many new devices are being announced with these new processors, and a few of them are coming from Acer's gaming lineup. The company is refreshing the Predator Triton 300, Predator Helios 300, and Nitro 5 gaming laptops with the new hardware.

First off, the Predator Triton 300 is the most powerful of the bunch, with up to an Intel Core i7-11800H, which is an octa-core processor capable of boosting up to 4.6GHz. It also packs up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU and 32GB of DDR4 RAM. The display options include a 360Hz Full HD display or a 165HZ QHD panel. Keeping the whole system running cool are 5th-generation AeroBlade fans, which are made of metal and promise up to 55% more airflow compared to plastic fans without increasing noise.

Acer Predator Triton 300 gaming laptop seen from the front and back

It also features Intel's Killer Wi-Fi 6 card and E2600G Ethernet, HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, a Thunderbolt 4 port, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, and one USB 3.2 Gen 2 port. It also offers support for DTS:X Ultra audio with headphones. The keyboard has four-zone RGB backlighting and colored keycaps for the WASD and arrow keys. All of this is in a chassis that's just under 20mm thin (19.9mm, to be precise), so you get plenty of performance in a relatively compact package.

The Predator Helios 300 is less focused on portability, and it also features Intel's latest processors and up to an RTX 3070 laptop GPU. It features the same cooling fans as the Triton 300, but the 17-inch model also has Acer's Vortex Flow cooling system that should help improve cooling even further. It comes with up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and the display options are also the same as the Triton 300.

Acer Predator Helios 300 laptop and seen from a left angle

The port selection is also pretty much identical, but the keyboard has some slight tweaks, with the WASD and arrow keys being concave to make them more comfortable to use while gaming.

Finally, there's the Nitro 5, which also comes with Intel's 11th-generation processors and up to a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. It comes with a QHD 165Hz display in either 15- or 17-inch sizes, and Acer is touting a pair of M.2 and SATA SSD slots for storage, though you can also use the SATA slot for a larger HDD if you want to be able to carry more data around. It comes with Acer's Coolboost technology for cooling, too.

Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop in both closed and open positions seen from the front and back

The port selection is very similar, too, though there's no dedicated DisplayPort connector here. Thunderbolt 4 is still supported though, so you should be able to connect to external displays with it. The keyboard once again features four-zone RGB backlighting, 1.6mm of key travel, and a Precision touchpad below that.

The Acer Predator Triton 300 will be available in July starting at $1,699, and in EMEA regions in June starting at €1,499. Meanwhile, the Acer Nitro 5 will be available worldwide in June starting at $1,099/€999 for the 15-inch model, while the 17-inch model will start at $1,299/€1,299. Acer didn't mention pricing or availability for the Helios 300.

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